In honor of Throwback Thursday, I have compiled a list of 10 greatest middle school hits for our generation. Despite our awkward phases and braces, we definitely jammed to the best of them.
10. “Show Stopper” - Danity Kane
When MTV’s “Making the Band” created Danity Kane, there was pressure for them to release a pop hit. In my opinion, they oddly succeeded in doing just that because “Show Stopper” has been my guilty pleasure for far too many years… Go jingle them keys.
9. “In Da Club” - 50 Cent
Debatably very inappropriate for my seventh grade Catholic school dances. And yet this song was always a favorite request. Go shawty, it's your birthday.
8. “Too Little Too Late” - JoJo
This song gets me every time. JoJo’s pseudo-emotional ballad made her every 13-year-old girl’s role model.
7. “Pon de Replay” - Rihanna
Before “Diamonds,” “S.O.S.” or “Disturbia,” Rihanna was just a simple gal asking the DJ to turn the music up.
6. “Run It” - Chris Brown
This song was released back when Chris Brown was just an innocent 16-year-old, his dancing gaining just as much attention as his singing.
5. “SexyBack” - Justin Timberlake
One of Justin’s many favorites, “SexyBack” was his first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and it stayed there for a total of seven weeks. Go JT!
4. “My Humps” - Black Eyed Peas
This bold Black Eyed Peas single can still force anyone to break out in dance. A middle school classic, “My Humps” taught all of us girls how to shake our stuff.
3. “Hot In Herre” - Nelly
Another questionable choice for our grade school dances, Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” never ceased to blast through the gym speakers. He was certainly in his prime when he released this single, but if you were lucky enough to see Nelly perform in Conte last spring you know that he’s still got it.
2. “Gold Digger” - Kanye West
“18 years, 18 years, she have one of your kids, got you for 18 years.” Good luck with that Kanye!
1. “It Wasn't Me” - Shaggy ft. Rik Rok
An instant classic. Shaggy’s greatest hit and my most-played song on iTunes…Oops.